Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 1 December 2022) . . Page.. 4131 ..
and manage them appropriately. This is why there are regular conversations about how to manage risks and how to manage safety for staff at those workplaces.
Ms Lee: Point of order, Madam Speaker.
MADAM SPEAKER: Point of order. Resume your seat, Ms Davidson.
Ms Lee: Mr Cocks’s question was very, very straightforward: why didn’t you know? It is not about the knowledge of the staff and it is not about the processes. The question specifically is: why didn’t you know? I ask that you direct the minister to be directly relevant.
MADAM SPEAKER: In the time you have left, go to that area of the question, Ms Davidson, please.
MS DAVIDSON: Thank you. Given that there have in recent months been some conversations about the number of incidents at a range of different mental health facilities across the ACT, including Dhulwa, I understand why it is so important and you are wondering about this. We do receive regular briefs about incidents that might require attention. I could not tell you, off the top of my head, exactly how many incidents I have been notified about and on what dates. If you would like me to, I can take it on notice to provide you with the dates on which I was notified and how many incidents.
MR COCKS: Yes, please. Minister, how can the public have faith in you, as minister, when you were unaware of safety concerns with those 170 incidents?
MS DAVIDSON: We have regular conversations about safety in those facilities because there is a risk to staff if they are not able to appropriately assess and manage risks. That is why we have regular conversations about what training programs and supports are in place to help them in being able to do that work safely and provide the best possible care for the people who are in those facilities receiving therapeutic care.
About specific incidents, that is a different matter. I have just said that I will take on notice the question of on what dates I was notified about how many incidents. But we do have regular conversations about workplace health and safety in that context.
MS CASTLEY: Minister, what changes will you make in your directorate to ensure that you are informed of all incidents?
MS DAVIDSON: As I was just saying, we already have regular conversations about how we manage this and how we provide the right training and support to staff. That is an important thing to continue doing, even if there were no incidents, because the risk still needs to be managed.
ACT Policing—domestic and family violence
MS ORR: My question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, what work has ACT Policing been undertaking to respond to family and domestic violence?